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Playoff live blog: Teams must win 3 games in as many days to punch ticket to state tourney in Reno

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Arbor View basketball players, from left, Terrell Butler, Justin Burks and Charles Porter Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 | 11:38 p.m.

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer glance over both the Sunrise and Sunset regional playoff brackets. Will there be any surprises or teams other than Bishop Gorman, Canyon Springs and Foothill representing Southern Nevada next week in Reno?

The two-time defending state champion Bishop Gorman High basketball team is the hands-down favorite to be the last team standing again this season.

But with the playoffs beginning tonight, the Gaels aren’t the lone team capable of winning the championship. The others aren’t far behind.

• Arbor View, led by wing Justin Burks, has just two defeats this season. And some feel Burks is the area’s best senior.

• Centennial advanced to the state championship game last season and has one of the area’s top backcourts with Troy Brown and Khalil Thompson.

• Defending Sunrise Region champion Canyon Springs went undefeated in Northeast League play and could end up meeting Gorman in next week’s state championship game. Canyon Springs has three Division I players and isn’t afraid to confront Gorman.

• Southeast League champion Foothill lost by just two points to Gorman in January. If both Foothill and Canyon Springs win playoff games today and Thursday, they’d meet for the Sunrise title Friday in what could easily be one of the best games of the year. They appear to be that even.

It all begins today with four quarterfinal games in the Sunrise and Sunset Regions. It’s a simple formula — win three games in three days to punch a ticket to next week’s state tournament in Reno.

The two most competitive quarterfinal games should be in the Sunset Region, with Cimarron-Memorial traveling to Durango in a matchup of near-even teams, and Palo Verde at Centennial in a rivalry game where the outcome is always close.

I’ll keep everyone posted as scores become final. Send the Sun game information, photos and scores on Twitter @raybrewer21 or by using the hashtags #sunstandout or #702hshoops.

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Stories about playoff games around the valley:

Burks’ 39-point effort helps Arbor View avoid Legacy’s upset bid

Valley makes quick work of Coronado, gears up for Canyon Springs rematch

Las Vegas basketball tops Basic in quarterfinals, 84-68

Foothill eliminates Green Valley in Sunrise quarterfinals

UNLV recruiting target Troy Brown Jr. narrowly misses triple-double, helps Centennial advance in playoffs

Gorman tested early in win against Sierra Vista

Canyon Springs scores more than 100 points in playoff opener

Durango basketball did something some didn’t expect by winning playoff game

 

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21

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